21472
Washington
Naturally Magnificent: Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is a natural beauty. Come see for yourself as you walk in a rainforest, explore the beach at LaPush and learn about native Makah culture.
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Program No. 21472RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
SeaTac Airport
D
Coast Gateway Hotel

Afternoon: Register in the lobby at any time between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be in a popular restaurant adjacent to our hotel. Choose a salad, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Other beverages available for purchase. We'll review the program agenda, answer any questions and introduce ourselves to one another.

Evening: We have an early start and a busy day tomorrow. Rest well tonight!

DAY
2
Attend concert in Port Townsend.
Port Angeles
B,L,D
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Enjoy an Olympic Music Festival concert in the theater at Ft. Warden.

Breakfast: After an early breakfast at the hotel we will load our luggage onto the coach and head for the ferry terminal in Seattle.

Morning: We'll ride across Puget Sound on the Washington State ferry to Bainbridge Island and through the little town of Poulsbo.

Lunch: Browse the shops and sights on Water Street in historic Port Townsend. Voucher provided to enjoy lunch in one of the town's many enticing cafes and restaurants.

Afternoon: Enjoy an Olympic Music Festival Concert in the theater at historic Ft. Warden.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at our hotel. Enjoy a NW favorite entree, abundant salads, vegetables and luscious desserts.

Evening: There's time for a swim in the outdoor pool before the sun sets.

DAY
3
Visit the Hoh Rain Forest and Forks Logging Museum.
Port Angeles
B,L
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Walk over one mile on a well-maintained forest trail in a temperate rain forest with naturalist guide. Learn about logging in the area at the Forks Logging Museum. .

Breakfast: Breakfast in our hotel this morning. Menu will vary daily, but throughout the week choose from eggs prepared in a variety of ways, ham/bacon/sausage, French toast, fresh fruit, juices, toast and breakfast breads, yogurt, hot oatmeal, coffee/tea/decaf.

Morning: Pick up a sack lunch at Safeway, then travel to the Hoh Rain Forest. A naturalist will accompany our group all day today. Walk through a green, green forest of moss-draped old growth trees along a rushing river. Look for elk, otters, many birds and the occasional slug.

Lunch: We'll lunch on picnic tables near the park visitor center.

Afternoon: On our way back to Port Angeles we'll stop at the Forks Logging Museum. It displays artifacts and exhibits relating to the logging industry, long central to this area. Visit a replica fire lookout cabin and imagine spending the summer in this tiny space! If you know a "Twilight" fan, snap a photo with Bella's truck.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at your leisure in one of the charming cafes and restaurants near our hotel. Join the group or choose from among suggested cafes and restaurants.

Evening: At leisure,

DAY
4
Visit Neah Bay, the Makah Tribal Museum, LaPush
Port Angeles
B,L
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Learn about tribal life today and in the past at the Makah Tribal Museum. Walk the beautiful First Beach at LaPush.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: Drive about two hours, with a rest stop included, to the most north-westerly point in the continental US. Hear from a Makah tribal member about life here and about issues of interest to the tribe.

Lunch: Eat your sack lunch purchased at Safeway this morning in the museum meeting room or outside in the sun.

Afternoon: Drive to the Quileute reservation to walk First Beach at LaPush, with its dramatic sea stacks and flocks of pelicans skimming the tops of the waves. Build a beach fire and...s'mores anyone?

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be on your own in Port Angeles. Restaurant recommendations will be offered. There are a number of excellent restaurants in every price range within a few blocks of our hotel.

DAY
5
See Marymere Falls and dramatic Hurricane Ridge
Port Angeles
B,L,D
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Stroll a fragrant forest path to a lovely waterfall. Ascend 18 miles to Hurricane Ridge and find yourself in a bowl of mountains. Wildflowers and wildlife abound. Learn about the removal of the dams on the Elwha River after dinner tonight.

Breakfast: Breakfast today will be in the hotel.

Morning: We'll drive less than an hour to Lake Crescent and stroll 1.5 miles round trip to see Marymere Falls.

Lunch: Lunch in the historic Lake Crescent Lodge on your choice of delicious entrees and a tasty dessert.

Afternoon: Now on to Hurricane Ridge, elevation 5242', in the midst of the Olympic Mountains. See wildflowers and wildlife and look across to Vancouver Island. Optional walks and ranger talks.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Evening: Hear from an expert about the removal of two dams on the Elwha River and the effects on everything downstream.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Port Angeles
B

Activity note: Return to SeaTac Airport by about noon today. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: It's time to depart from Pt. Angeles at 8:30 am this morning. We expect to arrive at SeaTac Airport no later than noon but traffic conditions or ferry schedules may make our arrival a little later. There are many restaurants and cafes at the airport for your lunch before your flight departs. Thank you for sharing this Olympic adventure. Bon Voyage!